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Give it up Reagan Republicans, you're not in the GOP anymore
  • The GOP's purge of Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership shows the meaning of being a Republican has changed.
  • The party used to be characterized by a belief in small government, now the most important thing you need to believe in is the fantasy that the 2020 election was stolen.
  • If that's not your thing, pull up stakes and get out. You're not welcome anymore.
I think it's really time to call it. The GOP is no longer the party of small government and fiscal responsibility (or at least lip service to those ideals). It is, first and foremost, the party of denying reality. The party of "The Big Lie," and of corrupting our political institutions with the fantasy that elections it loses must have been stolen.

If you're a "Republican" and that's not what you believe, it's time for you to leave too. There is no "saving" the party. It's over. I have no idea where you should go. Maybe join the Libertarians and try to get them to sound less absurd. Maybe start your own party. Maybe plan on heading to Mars with Elon Musk. All that's clear now is that the things that used to matter to Republicans — like limited government, a strong national defense, and fiscal responsibility — do not matter anymore. All that matters is buying into a toxic make-believe.

... In Arizona a bunch of delusional ignoramuses are running around looking for traces of bamboo on ballots from November's election based on a lie that they were somehow imported from Asia. All in an utterly disgraceful attempt to prove election malfeasance where there was none. This circus has a purpose, and it is to reinforce the Trumpian idea that if Republicans lose, it's because Democrats cheated. The corrosive impact this is having on our democracy cannot be overstated.

None if this is okay with Cheney. It shouldn't be okay with any American, since we agreed long ago that this country was going to be a democracy. But Cheney's party now puts sanctioning this mendacity above all other values. It is now the defining tenet of the GOP — a party which failed to present a platform during the 2020 presidential race and rarely talks about its own policies anymore.

If that's not for you and you call yourself a "Republican" it's time for you to call yourself something else. You've lost your party. The cheaters have completely taken over. I offer my sincerest condolences to the WSJ Editorial Board.
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Republicans oust Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership over her opposition to Trump and GOP election lies
  • House Republicans voted on Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her position as chair of the House Republican Conference.
  • Cheney was ousted over her criticism of former President Donald Trump and the GOP's continued lies about the 2020 election.
  • "Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar," Cheney said in a speech from the House floor on Tuesday night.
House Republicans voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position on Wednesday morning after the Wyoming lawmaker repeatedly pushed back on Republican lies about the 2020 election.

Cheney was one of just 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol insurrection in January and has since criticized her party's embrace of Trump's continued campaign to undermine faith in the legitimacy of the presidential election.

Following a voice vote during a GOP conference meeting, Cheney appeared defiant and insisted that she would continue her battle against Trump and his allies.

"If you want leaders who will enable and spread his destructive lies, I'm not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from. That will be their legacy," she said. "I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office."

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, delivered a scathing rebuke of her colleagues on the House floor on Tuesday night and said she wouldn't "watch in silence" as Trump and other GOP leaders undermine the democratic process.
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Rep. Liz Cheney says she 'will do everything' she can to make sure that Trump 'never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office'
  • Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday said she will do "everything" to keep Trump from the White House.
  • The comments came after House Republicans voted to remove her from leadership.
  • Cheney has repeatedly pushed back on Trump and his lies about the 2020 election.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming on Wednesday said she is determined to prevent former President Donald Trump from returning to the White House.

"I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office," Cheney told reporters on Capitol Hill. "We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution."

"I think it's very important that we make sure whomever we elect is someone who will be faithful to the Constitution," she added.

... Cheney said she believes Wednesday's vote is "an indication of where the Republican Party is" and that the "party is in a place that we've got to bring it back from."

"We are a party that can fight for conservative principles, that can fight for substance," Cheney told reporters. "We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies by a former president."

... Cheney is expected to be replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York for the third-highest ranking House Republican slot. Stefanik was a staunch ally of Trump during his term, spread his falsehoods about the 2020 election, and continues to back the former president after the Capitol riot.
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Far-right congressman says the GOP 'canceled' Liz Cheney for 'speaking her mind' and rejecting Trump's lies
  • GOP Rep. Ken Buck accused his party of "canceling" Rep. Liz Cheney for "speaking her mind" after House Republicans voted to oust her from leadership.
  • "Liz Cheney was canceled today for speaking her mind and disagreeing with the narrative that President Trump was putting forward," Buck told reporters.
  • Buck added that he's spoken to many GOP voters who don't approve of Trump's lies about the election.
Rep. Ken Buck, a conservative Colorado Republican, accused his party of "canceling" Rep. Liz Cheney for "speaking her mind" after House Republicans voted to oust her from leadership on Wednesday.

"Liz Cheney was canceled today for speaking her mind and disagreeing with the narrative that President Trump was putting forward," Buck told reporters shortly after he voted against Cheney's removal. He argued that the Republican party should welcome debate and disagreement in its ranks.

Buck added that he's spoken to many GOP voters who will punish the party in the midterm elections for promoting former President Donald Trump's election lies.

"To suggest that the American people in 2022 won't consider the fact that we were unwilling to stand up to a narrative that the election was stolen, I think will be taken into consideration with their vote," he said.

A member of the far-right Freedom Caucus, Buck was one of just a handful of House Republicans who've publicly supported Cheney as the party retaliated against her for condemning Trump and rejecting the GOP's lies about the 2020 election.

Buck told reporters that he doesn't support Rep. Elise Stefanik, Cheney's likely replacement, because she's "liberal." He was the only member of the House GOP to stay in the chamber and watch Cheney deliver a defiant floor speech on Tuesday night defending her position.

Like many of his GOP colleagues, Buck has repeatedly railed against the so-called cancel culture targeting conservatives, which he warns will lead to "replacement culture."

... "It's truly a dangerous, dangerous sign of our times that the price of admission in today's Republican Party is silence in the face of provable lies," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a floor speech on Wednesday.
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Liz Cheney's Republican enemies knocked her out of a job. But her supporters — like Jeb Bush and Elon Musk's brother — have quietly sent her campaign cash.
  • Liz Cheney's critics kicked her out of her leadership slot this week.
  • But the Wyoming Republican still has plenty of friends in the GOP establishment.
  • Many of them shelled out to her campaign after she voted to impeach Trump.
Rep. Liz Cheney's GOP critics won their battle Wednesday to oust the Wyoming Republican from her US House leadership position after she enraged her party by voting to impeach President Donald Trump and criticizing his claims of election fraud.

But as Cheney's opponents — led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California — have publicly repudiated the congresswoman, prominent donors and Republican politicians have been quietly funneling cash into her campaign coffers.

Former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida; Trump administration Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen; Elon Musk's brother, Kimbal Musk; former George W. Bush White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten; and several former members of Congress donated to Cheney's campaign account in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Their donations are a signal of their quiet support for the embattled congresswoman who was unceremoniously dumped from her perch as chair of the House Republican Conference, the No. 3 position in her party's leadership in the House.
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George Conway says GOP lawmakers 'trying to memory hole' Capitol insurrection
Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper on "AC360," Conway -- the husband of former Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway -- said the party is "trying to memory hole everything that's happened. They're trying to memory hole what happened on January 6. And they're getting rid of Liz Cheney because she won't let them do that. And there's good reason for her to not let them do that."

The term "memory hole" refers to a device in George Orwell's dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" in which information that is no longer convenient to the ruling party is disposed of.

... When Cheney criticized Trump in her remarks, she was booed by some of her colleagues, according to a House member in the room. That loyalty to the former President was also on display during a House Oversight Committee hearing about the insurrection later Wednesday, where Republican lawmakers attempted to deny even basic facts about the attack. "It's just a complete and utter disgrace. These people all know better," Conway said.

"They lived through this. And they saw the violence up close. They were the ones who had to hide in the basement of the Capitol building out of fear of being assaulted. And for them to pretend that it didn't happen and that these people who were breaking and entering and assaulting police officers were simply acting like normal tourists on a walk on the Mall is just too much to bear."

Asked about the future of the Republican Party, Conway bluntly said he doesn't hold "much hope" for the GOP "in its current form."

"The big lie has taken hold," he said. "The desire to adhere to the big lie, not just by members of Congress and by the former President but by individual members of the Republican Party throughout the nation, is increasingly disturbing."
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More than 100 Republicans, including former governors and lawmakers, are threatening to form a third party if the GOP doesn't split from Trump
  • More than 100 Republicans are threatening to form their own party if the GOP doesn't renounce Trump.
  • The group includes former governors, members of Congress, and a Bush-era Cabinet secretary.
  • They plan to release a letter on Thursday.
The preamble to the statement, published by The New York Times, says: "When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice."

Those due to sign include former officials, members of Congress, ambassadors, Cabinet secretaries, and party chairmen.

They include former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, and former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who served under President George W. Bush, The Times and Reuters reported.

Miles Taylor, the former Homeland Security chief of staff who anonymously wrote a 2018 Times op-ed about "resistance" in the Trump administration, is one of the group's organizers.

"If the GOP can't break free of the nauseating cult of personality around Donald Trump, then they'll not only get an intra-party civil war, they'll see a breakaway movement running against them in key races around the country," Taylor told Insider.

The Republican Party has been split over Trump.
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Jeff Bezos used to test Amazon's Echo Show by asking Alexa to play videos mocking Trump (AMZN)
  • Jeff Bezos used to test the Echo Show by asking Alexa to play videos making fun of Donald Trump.
  • Bezos and Trump have long been at odds, stemming from Bezos' ownership of the Washington Post.
  • Trump also criticized Amazon over matters like the USPS and its attempt to win the JEDI contract.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and former President Donald Trump have never exactly seen eye-to-eye. And while Trump's animosity toward Bezos was more public, it appears that Bezos, too, poked fun at Trump behind closed doors.

Brad Stone's new book, "Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire," chronicles much of Amazon's last decade, including Amazon's shift into new product categories, like the Amazon Echo. Bezos was the mastermind behind the creation of the Echo and its built-in virtual assistant, Alexa, and was hands-on in the testing process for new devices — including the Echo Show, Amazon's first Echo with a video screen, in 2016.

According to Stone, Bezos demoed a prototype Echo Show on multiple occasions and would ask Alexa to play videos that mocked Trump: "Alexa, show me the video, 'Donald Trump says "China,'" and "Alexa, play Stephen Colbert's monologue from last night."

A vice president who was at the demos told Stone that Bezos would then "laugh like there's no tomorrow."

Bezos' and Trump's animus toward one another extends at least a year earlier, to the winter of 2015, when Trump began tweeting about the Washington Post, which Bezos purchased for $250 million in 2013. Trump tweeted that Bezos only owned the paper to keep "taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon," adding in a follow-up tweet that the Post is a tax shelter. (There's no evidence to support these claims, and Bezos' ownership of the post is separate from his role at Amazon.)

According to Stone, Bezos emailed his senior vice president of corporate affairs, Jay Carney, later that morning with the subject line: "Trump trash talk."

"Feel like I should have a witty retort. Don't want to let it go past," Bezos wrote, according to emails obtained by Stone. "Useful opportunity (patriotic duty) to do my part to deflate this guy who would be a scary prez. I'm an inexperienced trash talker but I'm willing to learn. :)"

Carney recommended that Bezos say nothing back, but Bezos still wanted to engage with Trump, eventually responding with a tweet that offered to reserve Trump a seat on a Blue Origin rocket, also owned by Bezos, and included the hashtag "#sendDonaldtospace."
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GOP Rep. Paul Gosar said police 'executed' Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot and that the feds are 'harassing peaceful patriots'
  • The House Oversight Committee held a hearing Wednesday about the January 6 Capitol attack.
  • GOP Rep. Paul Gosar said the rioter who died was "executed" and that others were "peaceful patriots."
  • Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused him of downplaying the actions of "violent insurrectionists."
Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona painted the people who participated in the riot as victims, referring to them as "peaceful patriots" who are being harassed by the government, and said Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was killed by Capitol police during the attack, was "executed."

... "Outright propaganda and lies are being used to unleash the national security state against law-abiding US citizens, especially Trump voters," Gosar said.

He referred to Babbitt, a veteran and QAnon believer who was shot and killed after she had broken into the Capitol, as a "young lady, a veteran wrapped in a US flag." Babbitt was shot as she tried to crawl through a broken out window that led to the Speaker's Lobby and House Chamber where lawmakers were evacuating.

Gosar asked Rosen who "executed" Babbitt. The officer that shot her was not charged in her death and has not been named. After an investigation, officials said there was no evidence that "the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress."

Gosar also criticized the Department of Justice for its investigation and charges brought as a result of the January 6 attack. He said the agency is "harassing peaceful patriots across the country."

Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia also downplayed the violent actions of the people who attacked the Capitol, and said: "It was Trump supporters who lost their lives that day, not Trump supporters who were taking the lives of others."

During the hearing, Democrats offered a different assessment of that day, with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida calling out her GOP colleagues directly.

"I want to take a moment to correct some of the dangerous rhetoric and falsehoods uttered by Republicans during this hearing," she said. "Mr. Gosar used his questions to downplay the actions of violent insurrectionists who left 140 police officers injured."

"It's shocking how quickly Republicans will turn on law enforcement when it fits their agenda," she said.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.